Established in 1997 to galvanize volunteerism on a regular basis, A Time to Help stages monthly projects to aid the needy and promote unity in metro Detroit.

Since then, more than 200 monthly projects have been completed by thousands of volunteers, ranging from building houses, delivering meals, beautifying city streets, running adoption fairs, repairing homeless shelters, packing food, and hosting an annual Christmas party to a shelter for battered women.

Mitch Albom and WJR co-host Ken Brown lead each monthly project, usually held on Saturdays between 9AM – noon. Volunteers can sign up for one, two or all, and there are no requirements, except that, for most events, volunteers should be at least 18 years of age. Older teenagers can come if accompanied by at least one adult supervisor for every four of them.

Do you have a suggestion for a project, or have a question about volunteering? Contact us at

A Time to Help Detroit Opera House – October 2018

A Time to Help Detroit Opera House – October 2018

SAY Detroit Play Center’s Tutoring Program and Have Faith Haiti Mission’s The Chika Fund are the prime beneficiaries of a book launch event at the Detroit Opera House on October 14, 2018, celebrating the childhood influences who have made us who we are as adults. Volunteers will be helping with a major piece of the event – the books for attendees included with every ticket purchase.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018

Time: 10 am – 1:00 p.m.

Project: Volunteers will be fastening autographed bookplates onto more than 2,000 books that will be distributed on October 14 as part of Mitch Albom’s charity benefit for the children of Haiti and Detroit at the Detroit Opera House. We will then re-box the books and move them to storage in preparation for the event.

Where: The Detroit Opera House is located at 1526 Broadway St., Detroit, 48226. The project will take place in the Smith Lobby. Please enter the building through the “Stage Door’’ entrance on Madison, where all registered volunteers will check in before being escorted to the project. Only volunteers who have officially registered at will be allowed into the building. Map of area

Parking: The Detroit Opera House surface lot at the corner of John R and Madison. The entrance to the surface lot parking is off of John R.

Volunteers Needed: 15

Sign up:



Filling Buckets of Hope

Sure, there was a sprinkle here and there but Buckets of Rain made sure our 20-member group kept busy.

A City in Service on Comcast Cares Day

Nearly 20 volunteers from A Time to Help joined more than 100 others for Comcast Cares Day, a national day of service on Saturday (April 21) at the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park.

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